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Jan 15

Cars: Three Vehicles To Watch At Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale — Wednesday Update

This 1964 Chevrolet Corvette at Barrett-Jackson has had a meticulous frame-off restoration. (Photo: Tom Jensen)

This 1964 Chevrolet Corvette at Barrett-Jackson has had a meticulous frame-off restoration. (Photo: Tom Jensen)

Tuesday was a sensational first night at the 43rd annual Barrett-Jackson Collector Car auction, with a huge crowd and strong prices throughout. All told, 151 cars sold for a little more than $4 million and attendance was up 25 percent over 2013.

The top seller was the 2013 Mothers Ford Mustang RTR Spec 3, a 650-horsepower custom that raised $110,000 for the TGen Foundation. And a 1969 Ford Torino Talladega hammered at a healthy $100,000.

Wednesday, the cars get a little nicer and the prices should rise accordingly.

Jan 15

Cars: Photos! Fabulous Fords at Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale Auction

You can almost picture Suzanne Somers cruising Main Street in this Baby  Bird.  (Photo: Tom Jensen)

You can almost picture Suzanne Somers cruising Main Street in this Baby Bird. (Photo: Tom Jensen)

Check out this PHOTO GALLERY of snazzy Ford vehicles as captured through the lens of FOX Sports car aficionado Tom Jensen at this week’s Barrett-Jackson car collector auction in Scottsdale, Ariz.

Here are a couple other Fords on site at Barrett-Jackson just to wet your gallery appetite!

This very rare Shelby King Cobra is one of the Salon Collection cars and is expected  to fetch big dollars on Saturday.  (Photo: Tom Jensen)

This very rare Shelby King Cobra is one of the Salon Collection cars and is expected to fetch big dollars on Saturday. (Photo: Tom Jensen)

KISS bass player Gene Simmons and wife Shannon Tweed are auctioning off this  custom Ford pickup truck for charity. (Photo: Tom Jensen)

KISS bass player Gene Simmons and wife Shannon Tweed are auctioning off this custom Ford pickup truck for charity. (Photo: Tom Jensen)

Jan 15

F1: Public Can Vote For New Ferrari Car Name

Fernando Alonso drives his Ferrari in the 2013 Singapore GP.  (Photo: Getty Images)

Fernando Alonso drives his Ferrari in the 2013 Singapore GP. (Photo: Getty Images)

Ferrari will launch its 2014 car on the afternoon of Saturday Jan. 25, the day after McLaren unveils its new machine online.

Ferrari has taken the unusual step of asking the public to name the car, with an online poll between five different options. The names reflect either the year of 2014, or the 1.6-litre V6 engine configuration.

The choices are F14 T, F14 Maranello, F14 Scuderia, F166 Turbo and F616.

If you would like to vote, have a look here: http://2014f1car.ferrari.com/en/#countdown

Jan 15

SportsCars: Here It Is — The Chevrolet Corvette C7.R Race Car

Chevrolet Corvette C7.R (Photo by John F. Martin for Chevrolet)

The Chevrolet Corvette C7.R is ready to make its sportscar racing debut. (Photo: John F. Martin for Chevrolet)

New General Motors president Dan Ammann has unveiled the Chevrolet Corvette C7.R race car – co-developed with the all-new 2015 Corvette Z06, which also made its world debut Jan. 13 at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit, Mich.

Jan 15

Cars: Barrett-Jackson Salon Collection — ’63 Shelby Cooper King Cobra

This 1963 Shelby Cooper King Cobra is one of only six ever built between 1963 and 1964, and is thoroughly documented in the Shelby World Registry. (Photo: Barrett-Jackson)

This 1963 Shelby Cooper King Cobra is one of only six ever built between 1963 and 1964, and is thoroughly documented in the Shelby World Registry. (Photo: Barrett-Jackson)

By Larry Edsall

Nineteen sixty-three. Shelby Cobras were dominating American sports car racing, and designer Pete Brock and the car builders at Shelby American were busy working on a Kamm-tailed coupe to challenge Ferrari on the world racing circuit. Then along came the Sports Car Club of America with plans for its first professional motor sports series, racing for prize money, not just trophies. Called the Fall Series, it was not for production-style sports cars such as Shelby’s roadsters but for pure, purpose-built “sports-racing” specials — purebred racers with big engines mounted behind the cockpit. (It wasn’t long before the Fall Series blossomed into the Canadian-American Challenge Cup, the now fabled and fabulous Can-Am series.)

Obviously, the Shelby team would compete. First, however, it needed a proper vehicle.